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Operating a residential children’s home can be a very rewarding and profitable business, as with any business however, success isn’t guaranteed and the road from having the initial desire to open to receiving your licence from Ofsted can be a long and difficult journey. Further to how difficult this stage of the journey may be, this is only the beginning, after you receive your licence you will have to secure referrals from local authorities and convert these into placements. As well as staying on top of the normal business management issues of HR, Payroll, Accounts, Tax and Cash Flow, you will also need to navigate a complex web of regulation, inspections, social services, youth justice, health care, education (to name but a few!) and the difficult emotional and behavioural needs of the individual children you will be caring for. If you are feeling daunted by the prospect of all this, then don’t worry, you should be! Fortunately you have made the first key decision of your new business and invested in this guide. As you are no doubt aware from internet searches prior to purchasing this guide the information available to individuals like you who want to open a children’s home is limited and fragmented in nature. Official guidance from Ofsted, the regulations themselves and associated guides are useful but not necessarily practical from a business start-up perspective. Freedom of information requests can be found which elicit some information about fees and councils total spend in this area, but are they current? How reliable are they? What is current demand? These questions can only be answered by those on the inside, people with experience in the industry such as local authority officers, current providers and consultants. The problem for new entrants to the market are that local authority officers will not divulge commercially sensitive information, current providers will seek to protect their own interest and not be keen to share information and consultants will charge you up to £450 per day to give you there opinion!

 

This guide solves all these problems by laying out in full and complete detail all the inside information its authors have gained from opening 3 residential care homes, 1 semi-independent home and a fostering agency. This guide will solely focus on residential children’s homes and can be used as a practical step by step guide, that seeks to break this daunting task down into its constituent parts, explaining what you need to do and when, how much it will cost and how much you can expect to receive in return. Make no mistake, if you follow the guidance set out and described in these pages you will successfully achieve Ofsted registration and go on to receive placements from local authorities, providing a safe environment for vulnerable children and a profitable business for you.

 

The guide begins by setting out the initial considerations that you have to make and the minimum requirements that you will need to even consider putting an application for an Ofsted licence together.

 

The guide contains sensitive commercial information that Local Authorities and other service providers don't want you to know! You will learn how much you can charge, what your expenses will be and how you will get children for your new home.

 

Description

The Residential Child Care Sector

The residential child care sector looks after some of the most vulnerable children who have complex and challenging needs. The children often have serious psychological needs that stem from abuse, trauma and neglect, which make them a very different group than those placed in other segments of the care system, such as fostering or residential special needs schools. Children often arrive at children’s homes quite late: on average at 14.6 years of age. Twenty nine per cent have had six or more placements, and some have tens of previous community and family-based placements. Outcomes from residential child care are often seen as poor, but this may be to do with the high level of needs the children have developed over a relatively long period of time prior to entry to residential child care rather than a cause. Notably, although it is the negative outcomes of regulatory inspections that receive the largest headlines, these are reported for only 4 per cent of all inspections and 81% of children’s homes were judged good or better in 2016.

These ratings are important, as increasingly local authorities will only place in such homes. If the ‘most appropriate placement’ principle of the Children Act is to be upheld, placement in a residential child care setting should be approached with a robust social work assessment that identifies the necessity of the placement, alongside the needs that must be met. In turn, these needs should be closely matched with a particular placement or setting. While the child’s needs should form the greater part of placement choice, the issue of cost cannot be completely ignored, not least because local authorities must operate within a limited budget. But the ‘market’ for residential child care is highly complex, dealing with a wide spectrum of needs across many providers. It is a sector now dominated by non-public providers: 1,347 of non-public homes (78% of all homes) provide 5,414 places, whereas 371 local authority homes (22% of all homes) provide 2,135 places (Department for Education, 2012). Some of these organisations are small, perhaps just providing a single setting; others are larger organisations managing several different settings. Some provider organisations specialise in a particular type of setting or for a group of children with particular needs; others are more generic.

There is an ever growing need for residential children’s home placements, rising around 5% year on year; in addition to this the recent influx of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) is putting additional strain on the system. In addition to the rising need for placements, the needs of the children requiring placements are also becoming more complex, providers need to tailor their services to meet this need and the realise the opportunity to offer specialist services.

This course will lead you through each stage in a step by step process that is understandable and proven and will ensure your Children's Home is a success.

 

CHAPTER LIST

Where do I start? 
House 
Statutory requirements/Legislation 
Staff 
Ofsted 
Costs 
Business plan 
Location 
Statement of purpose 
Policies and Procedures 
Applying for a licence 
So now you have your licence, what happens next? 
Where do I get children from? 
Local Authority Structures – who to contact? 
Frameworks/spot placing/pan London 
How much can I charge? 
Inspections 
Day to day operations 
Human Resources 
Payroll 
Accounts 
Tax

 

Who is this guide for?

This guide is for individuals who are interested in opening a residential children's home in England.

 

This guide has been written by experienced individuals who between them own and operate four children's homes, semi-independent units and a fostering agency. They have compiled their years of knowledge into this guide which is full of inside information that you cannot find from any other source. Quite simply nothing like this has ever been published before or is available anywhere in the market - buy today and start your journey.

 

 

How to Open a Children's Home

£299.00Price
  • Upon purchase you will be given a link to download the PDF, an email will also be sent including the additional Excel version of the financial forecasts and a children's guide

  • CHAPTER LIST

    Where do I start? 
    House 
    Statutory requirements/Legislation 
    Staff 
    Ofsted 
    Costs 
    Business plan 
    Location 
    Statement of purpose 
    Policies and Procedures 
    Applying for a licence 
    So now you have your licence, what happens next? 
    Where do I get children from? 
    Local Authority Structures – who to contact? 
    Frameworks/spot placing/pan London 
    How much can I charge? 
    Inspections 
    Day to day operations 
    Human Resources 
    Payroll 
    Accounts 
    Tax

     

    Who is this course for?

    This course is for individuals who are interested in opening a residential children's home anywhere in the UK.

     

    This guide has been written by experienced individuals who between them own and operate four children's homes, semi-independent units and a fostering agency. They have compiled their years of knowledge into this guide which is full of inside information that you cannot find from any other source. Quite simply nothing like this has ever been published before or is available anywhere in the market - buy today and start your journey.